There are plenty of reasons why you should attend this year’s Farm Science Review. With apologies to David Letterman, here’s Farm and Dairy’s top 10 list:
10. You want to meet the real Molly Caren.
9. There are now permanent toilets in addition to port-a-jons.
8. You need to check out whether the latest farm fashions include body piercings.
7. Where else will you get your yearly supply of yardsticks?
6. You want to see what the crops are like in central Ohio.
5. You’ll actually get to see OSU types out in a psuedo-farm setting.
4. You can check out the comparative turf display.
3. You heard the John Deere ride-and-drive area included Interstate 70.
2. It counts as a date if you take your wife along, especially if you eat in one of the church food tents.
And the No. 1 reason you should attend the Farm Science Review…
1. You’ll have a real live chance to meet Farm and Dairy folks in person.
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Seriously, I think this year’s Review, Sept. 18-20 at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio, has more to offer than in previous years. The machinery and equipment exhibits are extensive and range from portable scales to monster-sized tractors. Service exhibits range from crop insurance to barn restoration.
A full lineup of special seminars and presentations offers food for thought (see complete schedule on page 2 of Section II). Ohio State ag economists will take your questions during “Question The Authority” presentations.
Visitors can take in daily gardening tours or a pond clinic. And if you’ve got 15 minutes to spare – 8 minutes if you know your way around a sewing machine – you can make a hat that will be donated to the Homeless Family Foundation serving Columbus.
And, of course, you can visit the Farm and Dairy booth at 579 Soybean Ave., on the corner of Soybean Avenue and Silage Street across from the Association Building on the southeast portion of the grounds.
Tickets at the gate are $6 ($4 when purchased in advance at county extension offices or from various agribusinesses). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Hope to see you there!